Grace Mugabe's Ph.d under scrutiny

By OMA | 09-01-2018 | Politics |  

Did she earn the Ph.d legitimately?


Zimbabwean anti-corruption Investigators recently revealed they were probing the circumstances surrounding the controversial award of a doctorate degree to former first lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe received a doctorate degrer from the University of Zimbabwe in 2014, amid allegations she did not study for it, at a time the former president Robert Mugabe was chancellor of the university.

Critics argued Grace, 52, had not studied or undertaken any research to earn her the doctorate degree and that she had been handed her diploma just months after enrolling for the program which usually require several years of full-time research and writing.

The state-run Herald newspaper reported in 2014 that Grace’s dissertation was on the theme of “changing social structure (and) the functions of the family” and that she undertook research on Zimbabwean children’s homes.

Grace was personally capped by her husband Mugabe, who was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, and praised by other government officials who defended the controversial degree award.

If found guilty, it would be left for the new government after her husband has been forced to step down to take a course of action most likely to revoke the said Ph.d